If you are ever been to st.Petersburg or Moscow do you remember a good place to stay overnight? We are two budgettravellers so we want something close to the city and the main things we can visit.
Also something good and not too expensive?
We want to stay 4 nights in st.Petersburg en 4 nights in Moscow.
I hope you can help us a bit!
Thanks anyway Lieke and Naomi
I stayed with RYH http://www.ryh.ru/ in St Petersburg, has a great central location, and I had a great time there. Stayed with them for two weeks.
I forget the place I stayed in Moscow. But in Moscow you can get anywhere in 15 minutes on the metro.
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Nord Hostel in St Petersburg is in a perfect location only a couple of minutes walk from the hermitage off the main street. That hostel was on the more expensive side for a hostel, but rooms were pretty reasonable quality and you got free internet access.
Sweet Moscow hostel is a pretty good quality place in a perfect location very close to the Kremlin. It is very close to metro stations and is also on a very key part to the city. Sweet Moscow was about $20US a night. For 4 nights you'd need to register your visa which I think was $25US to do unless you can speak fluent russian and do it yourself.
Check out www.hostelworld.com
If you plan on going in June or July, don't leave booking until the last minute, because I looked for Sweet Moscow, and already for a few days in July I checked the place is totally booked out. Last year I booked 4 months in advance and I was the last person to get a bed in both the hostels for the dates I wanted.
If you are under 26, or a student, get a card from STA travel. The International youth travel card for under 26 or ISIC card for student. It will save you a fortune in Russia. They are meant to give a 50% discount for students only, but a youth card looks like a student card and passed everytime. I just showed them it and they said student and after replying yes I got a 50% discount which amounted to approx $110US in tourist attraction fees saved.
Have a great trip.
I stayed at Rossiya Hotel in Moscow. I was told that it's the largest hotel in Europe. The hotel is very near to the Red Square.
At St. Petersburg, I stayed at Pribaltiyskaya Hotel. It's a bit far from public transportation and the city. But I loved it.
Both hotels probably a bit too expensive for budget travellers, but it's worth a check. There are lots of things to see in St. Petersburg, so plan well.
When are you planning to come?
I am not sure about Moscow, but here in St-Petersburg you could rent an appartment. At this time it could be about 50 USD per night (or les). And it can be even on Nevsky Prospect (which is really good).
As for Moscow, I dont think there is so much to do for so many days.....unless you like bars there I think 2 days for Moscow is anough.
I just got back from St. Petes and Moscow.
In St. Petes I stayed at the St. Petersburg International Hostel in 3rd Sovietskaya street nearby Moskovskaya train station. Nice, very clean place and central enough. Staff at the reception speaks excellent English and is very helpful. Very good visa service too. The only minor drawback is that kitchen maids still have all the soviet-russian charm and are quite strict when it comes to breakfast times. If it is 11 a.m., breakfast is over, never mind that you still could use another cup of coffee. But that is Russia! Price for a bed per night was 510 Rubles, about 15 EUR, which I thought was ok .
Address: 3rd Sovetskaya street, 28; Contact: phone: +7 (812) 329-8018, fax: +7 (812) 329-8019; Email: ryh (at) ryh.ru;
In Moscow I stayed at "Home from Home" - great place that absolutely lives up to its name. It is essentially a big flat run by Olga and her friends. It more like a living community than a hostel and great if you are travelling alone. You are just bound to meet people there and make friends. The flat got a kitchen for your use and a common room, free internet access and a very friendly crowd. If you arrive very early or very late, arrange for somebody to let you in.
Hostel "Home from Home"
Address: 49 Arbat Street, entrance 2, ap. 9, Moscow, Russia
Phone: +7 (495) 229-8018; + 7 (495) 784-5054, +7 (495) 241-4482
e-mail: info( at )home-fromhome.com
Price was 25 USD per night, about 20 EUR.